The Social Network

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The Social Network

The Social Network follows Harvard undergraduate Mark navigate through college while trying to launch the newest wave of social connectivity. Mark, played by Jesse Eisenberg, appears almost obsessive in achieving his goals. Willing to sacrifice his relationship with his girlfriend, he pushed towards success. In some areas Mark had redeeming qualities. He chose not to sell CourseMash to Microsoft, choosing the business over money. Other qualities, like hacking to create FaceMash, left many viewers cringing.

Harvard Connection, the precursor to Facebook, is still being emulated. With new social sites like the Ivy, for Ivy League members looking for love, and TinderU, who enhanced its platform by allowing people to connect with other college students.

From the movies prospective, you can see why the Winklevoss Twins where upset with Mark, but their sites were different. Facebook is not a dating site. It is a hub for connecting to those you know on a more personal level, by being able to see what they are doing, with who, and most importantly what they like. HarvardConnection, had it continued to be worked on, could have been a great rival to modern day apps like Tinder and Bubble. In the recent years many people are turning to social media to find love, but it can be tricky when your trying to narrow down comparable mates. HarvardConnection, utilizing the halo effect and branding behind Harvard University, could have been opened up as an elite college dating profile. Including the Ivys and other notable schools like Vanderbilt, Stanford, MIT, University of Chicago, Duke.

 


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